Don’t throw out those smelly trainers

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Save money, energy, resources and CO2 instead of buying a new pair by making those training shoes last longer. Here are some rules for rejuvenating them:

  • Get rid of the mud and grit from the sole first
  • Do they have a label which says “Don’t machine wash”? Then it has to be done by hand
  • To wash trainers in a machine, don’t put them in on their own. The bashing around will damage them. Wash them with a towel or bath mat, for instance
  • Take the insoles out if they will come out and hand clean or replace them
  • Take the laces out and wash them by hand or in a net bag in the machine, white laces with a white wash etc – otherwise they hide dirt
  • Use a cool temperature in the machine
  • Best to use a liquid laundry detergent because the powder might not dissolve properly in cold water, leaving specs of powder in the inside of the trainers – if you have no liquid stuff, dissolve your washing powder in a glass of hot water before putting it in the machine (this should be a professional tip)
  • Don’t use so much laundry detergent for a small load
  • Don’t put them on the radiators or in the drier, they’ll get damaged – stuff them with newspaper and change it a couple of times.

This information was culled from Which?

By Adam Hardy

Zoologist at heart. Environmentalist by necessity. Stage hand, financial trader, secretary, card payments designer, software developer, fossil fuel big data warehouse consultant. Amateur psychologist. Now climate change salvage engineer.